Marmots are timid but the ones here in residence aren't though they are curious if you are getting closer to their home and they are alert . Mind you, they love being photographed. So you can observe them in their natural environment .
Walking and Hiking Trails
The Stanserhorn Mountain offers a variety of marked walking and hiking trails up and down the mountain and shorter mountain trails around the mountain itself.
Some of the hikes are challenging and can take anywhere up to 4 to 5 hours while others are designed more for visitors (like me) who just want to have a short walk around the mountain summit to admire the stunning scenery.
Some of the walks are seasonal and are closed at certain times of the year. Obey the signs around the area. If a trail is closed it is for good reason and will have a barrier blocking the way.
All the trails are well signposted and give time estimates as to how long the walks/hikes will take.
Check the web link below for more details on the Stanserhorn hiking trails
- Mountain Climbing
Meadow lands around Stans
One of the most enjoyable parts of my trip to Stans and the Stanserhorn Mountain was walking through the meadowlands on the slopes of the lower mountain. It was my first real taste of quintessential Swiss countryside and I just got a real sense of Switzerland just by walking along the narrow lanes leading up the slopes past traditional farmhouses and cottages and fields littered with alpine flowers. The area is just so peaceful with the only sounds coming from the bells arounf the coes necks. Swiss Heaven!
As you walk the trails around the summit of the Stanserhorn, keep your eyes peeled for the seasonal Alpine flowers which grow only at high altitudes. I spotted these lovely white and purple fowers along one of the trails.
However make sure you don't pick the flowers - thye are protected. Also when going close up to the flowers, be careful where you step - where there's one ther's more so don't step on them!
On the walk up to the summit from the Rondorama, I was pleasantly surprised to find this Marmot enclosure on the way. These furry little animals are native to the Alpine regions of Switzerland but there are many species of marmot throughout the world. The ones on Stanserhorn are unsurprisingly called Alpine Marmots and can live at altitudes of between 800 and 3,200 metres! Don't miss their enclosure as you walk up to the summit where you can watch them burrowing and digging their mountain homes :)
The Rodorama restaurant is located just down from the summit of the Stanserhorn. The restaurant rotates every 43 minutes giving diners spectacular 360 degree views over the lakes, mountains and countryside of Switzerland and beyond. The restaurant also has a sun terrace where you can also enjoy the views. There is also a gift shop located inside the restaurant building.
Stanserhorn Panoramic Views
From the summit of the Stanserhorn you are treated to breathtaking views which stretches over 100km as far as France and Germany as well as a 360 degree panoramic view around the Swiss Lakes, Countryside and Mountains. The lakes on view include Lake Luzern, Lake Sarnen, Lake Sempach, Lake Baldegg, and Lake Alpnach to name just a selection of the 10 lakes on view. The mountains of Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis can be seen from the summit as well as extensive views over the Jungfrau.
- Mountain Climbing
Stanserhorn Aeriel Cable Car
The Aeriel Cable Car was constructed in 1975 and took over from the old funicualr train from the remaining leg of the journey up to the top of the Stanserhorn Mountain. The cable car journey has a lenght of 2230 metres and the ride offers stunning views over the countyrside of Central Switzerland, over the lakes and Swiss Alps.
The Stanserhorn funicular is more than just a way to get up the mountain. It is a historical importance in its own right. The funicular has been travelling up the mountain since 1893 and was constructed by Josef Durrer and Franz Josef Bucher-Durrer. The train doesn't go as far as it used to due to the presence of the modern aeriel cable car (1975) which takes over from the train half way up the mountain to take passengers the rest of the way. Originally the train ride was undertaken in three seperate sections. Only the first section functions today but this the longest section at 1556 metres long. At the top of the mountain you can still see parts of the original funicular mechanical pulley wheels from the original train.
On the gentle ride up the lower slopes of the Stanserhorn the train passes trhough lush green meadowland and you have great views over the meadows towards the mountains and lakes of central Switzerland.
Von Winkelried Fountain
In front of the church there is a fountain dedicated to Arnold von Winkelried, which was erected in 1865. Von Winkelreid was a native of the town, and is considered a local hero after his sacrifice for the country, when he diverted the Austrian Forces during the Battle of Sempach in 1386, which led to a famous vistory for the Swiss Army over the Austrians.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Church of St. Peter and Paul
The centre of Stans is dominated by the Church of St. Peter and Paul. The church in its present form was built between the year 1641 and 1647 but the beautiful Romanesque Belltower is earlier. The clock has nice coloured frescos around its face.
The church was once the only place of worship in the entire Nidwalden Kanton and so was expanded greatly over the years. The contrast between the two styles of the Baroque Main Building and Romanesque Clock Tower is explianed by the renovation of the church in the 17th century when the main part of the church was redesigned but the tower was kept original.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
The Old railway track
It is catching attention realizing that the third section of the old funicular railway back in 1893 is still in its place. This is the remains after it was destroyed by a big bolt of lightning in 1970.
Good for lazybones! Sounds funny. If you just want to relax and let an Assistant do all the things for you, it is possible here in Stanserhorn.. ...lying on a deck chair served with your favorite food & drinks, listen to an Audio informing you what for Panoramic sights you have from the mountain, or in a wheelburrow to the Marmot park. We choose our own way..........did the walking.
- Hiking and Walking
This is the legendary "Ray of Hope", a mysterious lighting that illuminated the area around Mt. Stanserhon during summer nights until the sixties.
The spotlight was literraly looking for guests, a memorable Stanserhorn promotion activity:
The people strolling along the Lake of Luzern were astonished of this spotlight, and wondered where it was coming from. The initiators and promoters(Bucher & Durrer) had attained their goal. More and more guests became attracted and visited the mountain.
The spotlight was destroyed during the fire night in 1970 and due to lack of funds a new one was not possible. But the old tradition was revived in 1993 and the lighting carries on around Lucerne area.
A shorthike distance from the restaurant is the picnic and grilling area. So, if you love grilling just pack some matches, old newspapers or lighter with you. Firewoods are available. It is very enjoying!
Also the perfect point to enjoy a gorgeous sight of the Rondorama!